Silver is quite soft – be gentle in your cleaning to avoid bending the metal or scratching the jewelry. Wash pieces carefully by hand in soapy water, rinse and dry with a cotton cloth. Do not soak –soaking can damage soft and porous stones. Cleaning in an ultrasonic cleaner can also damager delicate and porous stones such as pearls, opals, and turquoise. Use only nonabrasive jewelry cleaners. Don’t use toothpaste – it is too abrasive and will leave scratches. If you use a jeweler’s polishing cloth, use a fresh area of the cloth or fresh cloth to avoid scratching your jewelry while cleaning. All completely sterling pieces can be dipped or cleaned in an ultrasonic more easily than they can be polished with a cloth and with better results.